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Welcome : TO ORANGE COUNTY : A QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR NEWCOMERS

September 01, 1988|Clipboard researched by Dallas Jamison / Los Angeles Times

Moving is often ranked high on the list of life's most stressful events--usually right up there with oral surgery and tax audits. But that needn't be the case. Armed with our handy guide, you will get what you need--and feel like an Orange County native in practically no time. Apartments

Used to supplement the apartment sections of newspaper classifieds, the following publications can help apartment hunters locate the larger complexes in the county:

THE APARTMENT MAP (714) 540-APTS

A free map listing apartments countywide. Also, provides videos showing apartments and neighborhoods to corporations that relocate employees to the area. The map is available at many supermarket newsstands.

LET'S RENT MAGAZINE (714) 556-8333

A free apartment listing magazine. Also available at many supermarket newsstands. Attorneys ORANGE COUNTY BAR ASSN. (714) 835-8811

Provides a free referral service, matching clients to lawyers by area of law. Also available is the Tel-Law Library, a free, taped legal information service covering more than 200 topics including adoption, bankruptcies, immigration and criminal law: (714) 835-5294 or (714) 240-3515 (South Orange County callers) Attractions

ANAHEIM VISITOR AND CONVENTION BUREAU (714) 999-8999 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Has a free booklet describing lodging, restaurants and attractions in Orange County. Bus Service

ORANGE COUNTY TRANSIT DISTRICT (714) 636-7433

Provides both fixed-route and dial-a-ride (door-to-door pick-up) services. Car Registration/Drivers License

Visit one of the following California Department of Motor Vehicles offices or, better yet, call first for a time-saving appointment:

COSTA MESA (714) 631-8150 650 W. 19th St. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

SANTA ANA (714) 558-4688 1330 E. 1st St. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

WESTMINSTER (714) 891-2159 13700 Hoover St. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Child Care

KID-CARE HOT LINE (714) 543-2273

Operated by the Children's Home Society of California, this is a free, state-sponsored service providing information on licensed child-care homes and centers throughout Orange County. Consumer Queries/Complaints

CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION UNIT, ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE (714) 541-7600 Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The agency provides free information on consumer fraud complaints and other pending investigations against businesses. Doctors/Dentists

ORANGE COUNTY DENTAL SOCIETY (714) 542-8808 As the Orange County component of the American Dental Assn., this organization provides free dentist referrals, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The type of information includes dental specialty, location and available senior citizen discount programs.

ORANGE COUNTY MEDICAL ASSN. (714) 978-1770

The association offers a free physician referral service, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. It also provides information on state/county licensed doctors, including location, medical specialty and type of insurance accepted. Education

ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (714) 966-4468 P.O. Box 9050, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92628-9050

The department will furnish a directory of county school districts and individual schools, including addresses, telephone numbers and enrollment policies serving the kindergarten through college (community colleges only) levels. Copies of the booklet may be obtained by sending $5 to the above address.

For information on adult schools, call the department at: (714) 966-4357 Networking Organizations

SUSAN LINN'S DIRECTORY OF ORANGE COUNTY NETWORKING ORGANIZATIONS (714) 786-1320 3334 E. Coast Highway, Suite 291 Corona del Mar, Calif. 92625

A directory of 340 business organizations, the only criterion for a listing in this publication is that regular business meetings be held. The directory includes professional women's groups, trade organizations, chambers of commerce, legal associations, and accounting, building and advertising industry groups. Information on when and where the groups meet as well as contact names, addresses and telephone numbers are also included. The directory costs $15, plus $3.40 for tax and shipping. Postal Service

GENERAL MAIL FACILITY (Main Post Office) (714) 662-6200 3101 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana

Telephone numbers for branch facilities are listed by city in the Pacific Bell Telephone Directory. Religion

Here's a list of main offices for the largest religious denominations in the county. They will assist newcomers in finding local churches or synagogues, support groups or information on adult education programs:

ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ORANGE (714) 974-7120

EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES (also oversees Orange County) (213) 482-2040

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (714) 970-2791

TEMPLE BETH EL (714) 364-2332

PRESBYTERY OF LOS RANCHOS (714) 956-3691

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (714) 539-1053 Shopping

LAGUNA HILLS MALL El Toro Road at the San Diego Freeway Laguna Hills

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